Fishing Experience

The Boat

Your Campbell River fishing charter begins with a reliable 24 foot Northwest Aluminum Craft operated by a fully licenced guide. Your safety and comfort are our main priorities.

Our boat has a heated, enclosed cabin with seating for six and an onboard toilet.  There’s a sink and 20 gallon potable water tank as well, and several USB charging outlets for your convenience.  You’ll be in a sheltered, pleasant environment en route to your destination, and once there, you’ll have the option to be in or out of the weather.

The vessel is powered by a single 300hp Yamaha engine and a 25hp Yamaha trolling motor.  It’s equipped with high quality Lowrance electronics, including 4G radar.  Our boat is a participant in the Small Vessel Compliance Program, and as such carries and maintains all Transport Canada required safety equipment.

Operators have all applicable Transport Canada certifications: Small Vessel Operator Proficiency; Marine Emergency Duties A3; Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime; and Marine Basic First Aid.

Species

Campbell River is known as the Salmon Capital of the World for good reason. Millions of salmon migrate through or are resident in our waters, the largest being the Chinook salmon (also known as Spring or King salmon), which can reach weights of 30 and 40 pounds plus.  

In addition to Chinook, there are opportunities to fish for sizable Coho (or Silver) salmon, as well as Chum, Sockeye and Pink salmon. Lingcod, Rockfish and other species may be targeted as well, and are often a bycatch on your Campbell River fishing charter.

Seasons

Spring.  April and May are great months for Campbell River fishing. After the herring spawn, feeding Chinook follow baitfish, which often takes them into the inlets toward the mainland. In late May, Chinook start to be more prevalent closer to Campbell River. 

Summer.  Larger migrating Chinook begin to arrive from the north in June. In mid to late July, Pink, Coho and Sockeye salmon start to show up.  Campbell River fishing for migrating Chinook is strong into September.   

Fall.  As the Chinook run continues through late August forward, large northern Coho begin to appear. Then in late September through October there’s a Chum salmon run – Chum are good fighters, and because they travel in schools it’s not uncommon to have double-headers. 

Winter.  By November, the spawning migration of the various salmon species will have come to an end. However, resident feeder Chinook remain in the Georgia Strait. These fish, somewhat smaller than summer Chinook, can be targeted through March.

Chinook Retention

Current Regulations.  The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) regulates the number of salmon that recreational anglers can keep. As of April 1, 2020 the limit of two Chinook salmon per day in our region (chiefly Areas 13, 14 and 15) was temporarily reduced to zero.  This will change on July 15th, 2020, at which time the limit for Chinook will be one per day and two in possession, with a maximum size limit of 80cm through August 31, 2020.  From September 1 to December 31, 2020, the possession limit will revert to two per day with no maximum size limit.

From June 1 through December 31, 2020, anglers are allowed to keep two Coho salmon per day (four in possession) provided they are hatchery (marked) fish.     

On a Campbell River fishing charter, the daily limit for all species of salmon is four, and the possession limit is eight. Individual species limits apply.

We encourage people to respect the resource and harvest only as many fish as they will use. We also encourage the catch and release of larger Chinook salmon so they can complete their spawning cycle — the preservation of a healthy salmon population is essential to the West Coast ecosystem.  It benefits everybody, particularly those who want to enjoy BC fishing charters well into the future.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a fishing licence?

The easiest way to get your fishing license for your Campbell River fishing charter is to follow the steps listed here and then print out your licence. Be sure to get the Salmon Conservation Stamp ($6) on your licence if you intend to keep fish. You have to bring your licence with you on the boat.

Can I keep what I catch?

Yes, subject to the limits set out in your fishing licence (you’re allowed to retain a limited daily catch and have a fixed number of fish in your possession for your trip) and whether there are federally imposed restrictions in effect at the time. You must have a Salmon Conservation Stamp on your licence in order to retain salmon.

Do we have to stop fishing when we’ve caught our limit?

No. You can continue fishing, but you have to release any caught fish that exceed your limit. Whether or not you’ve reached your limit, we encourage you to release larger fish so they have a chance to contribute to the gene pool.

Does fish processing cost extra?

Yes. Cleaning and bagging your catch is complimentary, but further processing (and shipping) will be done by a licenced seafood processer with local drop off locations, who can portion and treat your catch according to your wishes.

How do I take my catch home?

The processor will be able to arrange for the proper packing and shipping of your catch. You can also transport your catch yourself, but be sure to follow the applicable rules and regulations, some of which can be found on this government website.

What should I bring on the trip?

On your BC fishing charter you’ll want to bring your fishing licence, warm and layered clothing, appropriate rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, lunch, snacks, drinks to last you for the trip, and a refillable water bottle if you wish.

How many people can go on a charter?

Our boat can accommodate groups of up to six people. A group of three adults is optimal, as this gives everyone more room and more rod time. If you have a large group that requires multiple boats, contact us – we’ll make the appropriate arrangements.

Can I customize the fishing charter?

Absolutely. As a simple example, if you want to fish for half a day and go exploring for marine wildlife during the second half, we’re happy to accommodate. You might want to pick up friends along the way, or stop dockside for a warm lunch. You may want your itinerary to cover multiple days and locations. Whatever it is, we’ll find a way to make you happy.

Are children welcome?

Children are more than welcome when accompanied by an adult, and we’ll make every effort to ensure their experience is one they won’t forget. We carry children’s life jackets on board. If you plan on bringing children, please let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel within 10 days of your trip date we will charge you the full applicable minimum daily fee. We reserve the right to cancel a booking at any time due to circumstances beyond our control, in which case your deposit will be refunded in full if we can’t reschedule a mutually agreeable date.

Smiling man in hat with large chinook salmon
Smiling man in hat with large chinook salmon